Latin America

Native Spanish speakers are strongly advised to enroll in advanced Spanish courses in order to qualify. Most Spanish speaking programs strongly encourage students take a Spanish class in the semester preceding their arrival.

Chile

Santiago
Program Sponsor Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
Program Name Santiago Liberal Arts
Program Type Hybrid
Location Santiago, a city of 6 million inhabitants, provides students an opportunity to enjoy urban life in the economic and cultural heart of Chile.
Program Size 40
Languages Spanish
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in four to six classes totaling 15–18 units. Participants take one CIEE course and one Spanish course at the CIEE study center. Additional courses are taken at three prestigious partner universities. Non-credit volunteer and internship options are available. Students adhere to a language pledge.
Program Eligibility 2.75 GPA; Spanish 44+1; a Spanish language course within the past year is recommended
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (late July to mid Dec.); spring (late Feb. to mid July)
Did you know … Eighty percent of South America’s glaciers are in Chile. The largest Chilean glaciers are the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields.
Santiago
Program Sponsor Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)
Program Name Study in Santiago
Program Type Stand-alone and direct enrollment
Location As the capital of Chile, a country with one of the strongest economies in Latin America, Santiago is the industrial and financial center of the country.
Program/University Size Varies by partner university
Languages Spanish
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in five classes totaling 15–16 units. A Spanish language course taught at the IES Santiago center is required, and students will select an additional four courses. Students who have completed Spanish 44 or higher must take one or two courses at the partner universities. Service learning and internships are available.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Spanish 44
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (late July to early Dec.); spring (late Feb. to early July)
Did you know … About 70 percent of Chile’s population are Mestizos (people with mixed European and native Indian ancestry). About 25 percent are Caucasian, while about 5 percent are Mapuche and other indigenous groups.
Santiago
Program Sponsor IFSA Butler
Program Name Chilean Study Abroad Program, Santiago
Program Type Stand-alone and direct enrollment
Location
Program Size 20
Languages Spanish
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in five classes totaling 15–16 units. The program’s Spanish language course is required, and students can select either an additional program course or a directed research option. All additional courses are taken at partner universities. A limited number of English-taught business and economics courses are available. Students may also participate in a volunteer project.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Spanish 44+1
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (late July to mid Dec.); spring (late Feb. to mid July)
Did you know … Due to Santiago’s central location and natural surroundings, it is possible to ski and go to the beach in the same day!
Valparaíso
Program Sponsor Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
Program Name Valaparaíso Liberal Arts
Program Type Stand-alone and direct enrollment
Location Valaparaíso is the second-largest city in Chile.
Program/University Size Varies by university
Languages Spanish
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors (except computer science)
Academics Students enroll in four to six classes totaling 16–18 units. Students take one CIEE course and one Spanish course at the CIEE study center. Additional courses are taken at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Non-credit volunteer and internship options are available. Students adhere to a language pledge.
Program Eligibility 2.75 GPA; Spanish 44+1
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (mid July to mid Dec.); spring (mid Feb. to mid July)
Did you know … Valparaíso is known as “The Garden City” and is one of the most prosperous cities in Chile.

Costa Rica

San Jose
Program Sponsor Duke University
Program Name Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS): Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet
Program Type Experiential field-based
Location The program begins in San Jose, the largest city in Costa Rica. From there students will visit several different biological field stations throughout the semester.
Program Size 25
Languages English and Spanish
Fields of Study Biology; environmental studies
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 2.7 GPA; Spanish 11 plus two semesters of college-level biology or ecology required
Housing Three-week home stay with a local Costa Rican family and dorm-style cabins at field stations.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to early Dec.); spring (late Jan. to mid May)
Comments The program is physically and intellectually demanding, stressing full immersion and hands-on scientific and cultural studies.
Did you know … In Costa Rica, a “soda” is a small, informal restaurant that serves traditional meals like chicken, rice, beans and salad for $2 to $3 a plate.
Heredia
Program Sponsor Pitzer College
Program Name Pitzer in Costa Rica
Program Type Cultural immersion
Location Close to the Pacific Ocean, the program is based in the city of Heredia at Pitzer College’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology, just four hours from San Jose.
Program Size 15
Languages English and Spanish
Fields of Study Costa Rican area studies; engineering option
Academics Students take four classes totaling 16 units. The program consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and independent study. Students choose between the beginning track or advanced track, which offers an internship. During the spring semester, engineering majors may take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the Harvey Mudd College E102 course.
Program Eligibility 2.5 GPA
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (late Jan. to mid May)
Did you know … Spanish is the country’s official language, though a large number of its citizens are bilingual. English, due to its status as the international language of tourists, is the most common second language in Costa Rica.

Ecuador

Quito
Program Sponsor Pitzer College
Program Name Pitzer in Ecuador
Program Type Cultural immersion
Location Bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean nations yet is known for its ecological and cultural diversity.
Program Size 15
Languages English and Spanish
Fields of Study Ecuadorian area studies; engineering option
Academics Students take four classes totaling 16 units. The program consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and independent study. Advanced Spanish students may substitute the Spanish class with a native Quichia language class. During the spring semester, engineering majors can take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the Harvey Mudd E102 course.
Program Eligibility 2.5 GPA
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (early Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (early Jan. to late May)
Did you know … Ecuador supports a population of 13 million people and includes 10 distinct indigenous groups. Nearly 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line.
Ecuador
Program Sponsor School for International Training (SIT)
Program Name Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Program Type Cultural immersion; students take classes with other U.S. students
Location Ecuador is home to two biological hotspots, the tropical Andes and Chocó—both known for their mega-diversity and rapid loss of habitat.
Program Size 25
Languages Spanish
Fields of Study Biology; environmental studies; social sciences
Academics Students take four courses equaling 16 credits. Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research, fieldwork and independent study.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Spanish 44; previous coursework in biology or ecology
Housing Students live in private homes, hotels and field camps.
Terms Fall (early to mid Dec.); spring (early Feb. to mid May)
Did you know … One of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet and with four distinct ecosystems, Ecuador provides an ideal setting for learning about ecology from a comparative context.